Saturday, September 29, 2007

And the winner is...... picked #16 - Melissa!

Melissa said...
My favorite stamp set is Garden Silhouettes and it doesn't matter what color combo I use - I love them all! Here's one of my favorites:

Thanks for the chance to win!

September 24, 2007 10:56 AM

Congratulations Melissa! (Your card is great by the way.) Send me your snail address, and I'll get your goodies to you right away! I'd love to see what you create with them too.

Be sure to check out Melissa's blog if you get a chance. She has some great cards and projects! Thanks to everyone who left a comment. I enjoyed reading them all and appreciate everyone visiting my blog!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Fall Blooms

Still a few days to leave a comment for the Halloween Blog Candy. Go to Sunday's post if you're interested!

For this week's sketch challenge, I decided to use Big Blooms again. I haven't used it for month's, and now I've created three cards with it in the last few days. It really is a fun set!

This card has a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4" card base of Really Rust. On the base, I added a layer of Apple Cider DSP.

The focal image is a square of Very Vanilla that was wheeled with the Rough Texture Jumbo Wheel in Really Rust. Warm Wishes was added in Chocolate Chip. All of the flowers were stamped on Very Vanilla, cut out, and adhered separately. The larger flowers have a gem from Target's $1 spot. This piece was then layered on Chocolate Chip and a strip of River Rock. Chocolate Chip taffeta ribbon was added to the River Rock strip.

Stamps: Big Blooms, Hugs & Wishes
Cardstock: Really Rust, Apple Cider DSP, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, River Rock
Ink: Really Rust, Chocolate Chip, River Rock
Other: Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon, Target Gems

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Featured Stamper & Big Blooms

Don't forget to check out Sunday's post for a chance to win some BLOG CANDY!

Sunday's featured stamper on splitcoaststampers was Kristina Werner aka starofmay. Her gallery and blog have some amazing cards and projects. I've admired her clean style for quite awhile and have several of her cards saved as favorites.

I had a hard time deciding which card I would CASE, so I finally settled on two. The first one I chose because it allowed me to use some items I've been neglecting - Au Chocolat DSP and Big Blooms. I loved both of them in the Spring Mini and was so sad they didn't make it to the Fall/Winter Collection.

Here is Kristina's original card and my version. The card is pretty self-explanatory, so I won't go into a detailed description.

Stamps: Big Blooms, It's Your Birthday
Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Very Vanilla, Au Chocolat DSP
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink
Other: Pink Grosgrain, Target Gem

On my second card, I made a few more changes from Kristina's original. I don't have the Fall Flowers DSP, so I used Apple Cider and then coordinated my other colors from there. I also used a different sentiment, a different type of ribbon, and added a couple of flowers from Big Blooms.

Stamps: Big Blooms, It's Your Birthday
Cardstock: River Rock, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Apple Cider DSP
Ink: Really Rust, Chocolate Chip
Other: Twill, Target Gem
Technique: Paper Piercing

Monday, September 24, 2007

Another Halloween Card

Be sure to check out Sunday's post for a chance to win some Halloween BLOG CANDY!

This card was made with the same spider stamp from Sunday's post and a candy corn stamp that I also got at Michael's on Saturday. I used the sketch challenge from last week as my layout and created a 4 1/4" square card with Pumpkin Pie as the card base. I then layered a 4" square of Basic Black that I embossed with my Cuttlebug Dots & Spots embossing folder (one of my favorites!). I stamped the candy corn stamp on my strip twice using a stamp-a-ma-jig to line everything up. This piece is layered on a strip of So Saffron.

For the focal piece, I stamped the spider and web separately so I could place the web in the 2 corners. I added the Happy Halloween sentiment from Fancy Flexible Phrases, sponged the edges in Pumpkin Pie, adhered it to Pumpkin Pie cardstock, and added my striped Michael's ribbon.

Finally, I added a couple of orange gems that came from Target's $1 dollar spot (maybe from last fall - I've had them around for quite awhile!).

Stamps: Fancy Flexible Phrases, Michael's spider and candy corn
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, So Saffron, Whisper White
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, So Saffron
Other: Michael's striped ribbon, Target gems

Sunday, September 23, 2007

No Tricks - Just TREATS!

Time for BLOG CANDY!

Hobby Lobby is the only craft store that's very close to where I live. Of the chain stores, I really prefer Michael's, but the closest one is about an hour away. Needless to say, I don't get there very often. Well - I needed to do some shopping yesterday so I took a little road trip, and of course, added a stop at Michael's to the agenda. While I was there, I found the cutest Halloween stamps. (Everyone else may have seen them already, but they were new to me!) I picked up a couple for myself, and while I was at it threw a few extra in my basket. I haven't done this blogging thing very long, but I figured it might just be time for some blog candy. And with Halloween just around the corner, who doesn't have candy on their mind (ok - maybe everyone doesn't have as big of a sweet tooth as I do!).

Anyway, the main blog candy is these 3 adorable Halloween stamps and a roll of black/orange reversible ribbon (the orange matches SU!'s Pumpkin Pie fairly closely). I had fun making my Halloween card when I got home this afternoon, so I decided to also throw in a few little items to maybe help the winner complete theirs. In addition to the stamps and ribbon, I am also including a few pieces of Pumpkin Pie, Perfect Plum and Basic Black cardstock. One piece of each is dry embossed with my Cuttlebug Dots & Spots embossing folder, and the other is plain. I also cut out some tags with a few of my Cuttlebug die cuts and have some bling from Target's $1 spot. And finally, I'm including my sample card for you. (My sample card is fairly straight forward, so I won't go into a lot of detail on how I created it. I have included a recipe below.)

For a chance to win the blog candy, please reply to this post. Since Trick or Treating usually involves doing something to get your treat, I'd like to hear what your current favorite stamp set is and maybe your favorite color combination to use with it. If you have a card you've made using that combination, please feel free to share a link too! I can sometimes get in a rut using the same sets and colors over and over again, so I'm hoping to get some new ideas. And, just to make it fair, I'll answer my question also. The set I seem to be reaching for the most lately is True Friend. I absolutely love this set and have mainly been using it with Really Rust, River Rock and Old Olive. I think my favorite card with it, though, was this card that I created for a color challenge a few weeks ago. I didn't think I was going to like Groovy Guava and Always Artichoke together, but I love how the card turned out.

I'll draw a random number for the winner next Saturday, 9/29.

Stamps: Michael's Witch and Spider, Fancy Flexible Phrases, Rough Texture Jumbo Wheel
Cardstock: Perfect Plum, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Perfect Plum
Other: Cuttlebug Dots & Spots Embossing Folder, Cuttlebug Tag Die Cut, Black/Orange Striped Ribbon

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Big Bold Birthday Sketch

I needed some birthday cards, so I decided to do one for Beate's weekend sketch challenge. I realized after I finished the card, though, that my two panels are flipped. I made the one on the right higher than the one on the left, so it's opposite of the original sketch. I think it's fairly close, so hopefully it still qualifies.

My card base is a standard 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 from Rose Red cardstock. The striped panel at the bottom is from the Cutie Pie DSP. I've had such a hard time using that paper for some reason, so I was glad that I was able to finally add it to a card and like the end result! The Cutie Pie DSP is matted on Basic Black. The right panel is from the Rose Red Prints DSP. I loved the 6x6 sample pack that I got during Stampin' Up!'s promotion, so I had to have a full package of that paper. I love it and would love to have even more colors of it! It is also matted on Basic Black. I then added Basic Black grosgrain to this piece.

For the focal image, I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to stamp the Happy Birthday stamp around the square. I then added the cupcake bottom in So Saffron, cut out, folded accordian-style (like a true cupcake holder), and adhered with glue dots. The cupcake top was stamped in 2nd generation Rose Red, and then I added the polka dots in Rose Red, cut it out, and adhered it with dimensionals. The candle is stamped in Certainly Celery. I used the out-of-the-box cutting technique to cut around the candle flame.

Finally, I used my Rose Red marker to selectively ink words from the Make a Wish stamp, so I could stack the words on top of each other. It was punched with the 1" circle punch and matted on a 1 1/4" circle of Certainly Celery. The bling in the lower-right corner are gems from Target's $1 spot. I've had them for quite awhile and always forget to use them.

Stamps: Big Bold Birthday
Cardstock: Rose Red, Basic Black, Certainly Celery, Cutie Pie DSP, Rose Red Prints DSP
Ink: Basic Black, So Saffron, Rose Red, Certainly Celery
Other: Basic Black Grosgrain, Gems

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Priceless 2,5,7,10 Box

As I've mentioned before, there is a different challenge on splitcoaststampers just about every day. I tend to do the color and sketch challenges, but I check out the others from time to time as well. The Technique Lover's Challenge this week was to create a 2,5,7,10 box. If you're not familiar with them, they are adorable little boxes/bags that are perfect to hold a small gift, treat, or party favor.

I made one of these boxes for a workshop last week, so it fit perfectly with the challenge. I won't go into detail of how I created the box since there is a great tutorial available, but I will share the stamps, ink, etc. that I used.

I started with an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of Whisper White cardstock and stamped the large swirl from Priceless in Purely Pomegranate ink. I added a few of the small flowers to fill in any gaps. For the focal image on the front, I stamped the butterfly from Priceless also in Purely Pomegranate. I then inked the butterfly again, this time in Groovy Guava and rock-and-rolled it in Purely Pomegranate. I stamped it on a scrap of Whisper White, cut out the body, and adhered just the middle to give it some dimension. I also added the smaller swirl from Priceless in 2nd generation Purely Pomegranate for the butterfly trail and the Wish defintion from Define Your Life in Basic Black. Finally, I added the For You from Happy Everything as a tag on the side and matted it all on Purely Pomegranate.

Once I assembled the box, I scalloped the lid with my corner rounder, sponged the edges, and added Purely Pomegranate double-stitched ribbon.

These are such cute boxes/bags. The girls at the workshop loved them.

Stamps: Priceless, Define Your Life, Happy Everything
Cardstock: Whisper White, Purely Pomegranate
Ink: Purely Pomegranate, Groovy Guava, Basic Black
Other: Purely Pomegranate Double-Stitched Ribbon

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Combination Challenge

I didn't get a chance to do the color challenge last week since I didn't have one of the colors (or a close substitute), so I was happy to see a color challenge this week that I could play with. The colors for this week are Really Rust, River Rock, and Chocolate Chip. I've been using these colors A LOT lately with all of the cards I've made using the Apple Cider DSP and True Friend set, so the challenge for me was to come up with something a little different than I'd already done.

I decided to combine this challenge with the weekend sketch challenge Beate had on her blog Fresh & Fun. I started with a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch card base of Chocolate Chip. I wheeled my base with the Rough Texture Jumbo Wheel and sponged the edges in Chocolate Chip. My focal image is the flower from True Friend, inked in River Rock and Really Rust, and stamped on Very Vanilla. Part of the flower edge was also inked with a Chocolate Chip marker. I stamped a second flower, cut out part of it, added a Vintage brad in the center, and popped it up on a dimensional. This piece was also wheeled with Rough Texture in River Rock and layered on a Chocolate Chip mat.

My focal image was then layered on a Really Rust piece that was also wheeled with Rough Texture. I added the swirl from Baroque Motifs to the corner and added the sentiment from Hugs & Wishes. For the bottom strip, I randomly stamped images from True Friend in Really Rust, Chocolate Chip and River Rock, and again - wheeled it with Rough Texture.

The edges of all the layers were also distressed and sponged. The final piece of the card was the circle medallion. It was stamped first in Chocolate Chip on Very Vanilla. I then stamped it in Really Rust and cut out part to adhere to the Chocolate Chip piece.

Stamps: True Friend, Baroque Motifs, Hugs & Wishes
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, River Rock, Very Vanilla
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, River Rock
Other: Vintage Brad

Tiled Baroque

I wasn't able to do much personal stamping last week because I had 2 workshops, a crop day and stamp club to prep for. It was a crazy week, but it was a lot of fun! I was able to find a little bit of time for this card though. I really love the look of the tiled cards but hadn't tried one yet.

The card base is a 4 1/4" square of River Rock. For the tiles, I cut a 3 3/4" square of River Rock and stamped the swirl from Baroque Motifs in Blue Bayou. I then cut it into nine 1 1/4" squares and labeled the backs of the squares so I wouldn't forget what order they should be in. To create the tiled look, I inked each square with Versamark and then embossed with clear embossing powder. I added 2-3 layers of embossing on each. The tiles were then layered on a 4" square of Blue Bayou and a 4 1/8" square of Chocolate Chip.

To finish the card, I added a piece of Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon and the sentiment. Kind was stamped with Chocolate Chip on River Rock, and then I added 2nd generation Blue Bayou flowers. (The sentiment was embossed as well.) The final addition was a Blue Bayou flower stamped on Blue Bayou and cut out.

I love the result and know I'll be making more of these in the future!

Stamps: Baroque Motifs
Cardstock: River Rock, Chocolate Chip, Blue Bayou
Ink: Blue Bayou, Chocolate Chip, Versamark
Other: Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon
Techniques: Embossing

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Emboss Resist Thank U

I can't seem to put down the True Friend set. I just love it! I know it will be one that I keep after the mini catalog ends. Wouldn't it be great if it's one of the few mini sets that makes it to a big catalog - a girl can dream! Anyway, back to the card.

I stamped the large image from True Friend in Versamark on Glossy White cardstock and embossed it with clear embossing powder. I then inked up my brayer with River Rock and covered the cardstock. After letting it dry just a little bit, I added the other images in Really Rust and Chocolate Chip. After adding the focal piece to a Really Rust base, I added a strip of Chocolate Chip that I had wheeled with the Rough Texture Jumbo Wheel (I think that wheel works so well with this set). The Thank U stamp was stamped in Really Rust on Whisper White. I added the texture wheel and sponging to this piece, as well as a small piece of Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon, before adding it to the card.

Stamps: True Friend, Rough Texture Jumbo Wheel
Cardstock: Really Rust, Chocolate Chip, Glossy White, Whisper White
Ink: River Rock, Really Rust, Chocolate Chip
Other: Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon, Vintage Brad
Technique: Emboss Resist

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

A Dashing Christmas Set

I didn't have many Christmas sample cards yet, so these are just a few that I came up with. The first card, and the gum holder (shown next), are done with one of my current favorite sets, In the Spotlight. I love creating backgrounds with these stamps. They look great regardless of the colors used.

For these 2 projects, I used Real Red, Old Olive and River Rock ink to go with the Dashing Designer Series Paper. The rest is pretty self-explanatory, so I won't bore you with the details.

Stamps: In the Spotlight, Holidays & Wishes
Cardstock: River Rock, Real Red, Old Olive, Dashing DSP

Ink: Old Olive, Real Red, River Rock
Other: Real Red Grosgrain

The next card is a holiday thank you card done with the All About Gratitude Jumbo Wheel. I kept it pretty simple - just added some Real Red and Basic Black cardstock and a small strip of dots from the Dashing DSP. The square Thanks was popped up with a dimensional.

Stamps: All About Gratitude Jumbo Wheel
Cardstock: Old Olive, Real Red, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Dashing DSP
Ink: Old Olive, Real Red

Other: Basic Black Grosgrain, Vintage Brad

The final card was done with the gift stamps from Big Bold Birthday. I only own one Christmas set (Snowflake Spot), so I am always looking for ways to use other sets for holiday cards. I was looking for a straightforward card that a new, or busy, stamper could recreate, so I hope this one fits that description.

Stamps: Big Bold Birthday, Holidays & Wishes
Cardstock: Old Olive, Real Red, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Dashing DSP
Ink: Basic Black, River Rock, Old Olive, Real Red
Other: Basic Black Grosgrain

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Snowflake Spot

I had the Snowflake Spot set out from working on my Christmas cards, so I played around a little bit and came up with these cards. Both use Blue Bayou and Basic Black for the snowflake background on Very Vanilla cardstock.

The card on the left has a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 mat of Basic Black for the back of the card. The Blue Bayou card opening is 3 3/4 x 10, scored at 5 and adhered to the Basic Black mat. The card on the right has a traditional fold.

The other details are pretty self-explanatory, so I won't bore you with a description of everything else.

Stamps: Snowflake Spot
Cardstock: Blue Bayou, Basic Black, Very Vanilla
Ink: Blue Bayou, Basic Black
Other: Basic Black Grosgrain, Vintage Brads
Punches: Scallop, 1 1/4 in Circle, 1 1/2 in Circle (non-SU!)

Friday, September 7, 2007

On a Challenge Roll!

Here's my third challenge card for the week! I haven't done the "Ways to Use It" challenge before, but I had seen these gift card holders recently and knew I wanted to try one. I figured now was as good a time as any when I saw Thursday's challenge to create a pocket card.

The Old Olive cardstock was cut to 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 2 3/4 and 6 3/4. The short end was folded in and adhered to the inside of the card with sticky strip to create a pocket to hold the gift card. I added a strip of Dashing Designer Series Paper, matted on Real Red, to the pocket.

The background paper on the top half was created with stamps from In the Spotlight, stamped in Old Olive, Real Red, and River Rock. It was also wheeled in Old Olive with the Rough Texture Jumbo Wheel and sponged on the edges.

The sentiment was created with the "from the heart" stamp from Holidays & Wishes. I masked the word heart and added the circle heart stamp from In the Spotlight.

Stamps: In the Spotlight, Holidays & Wishes
Cardstock: Old Olive, Real Red, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Dashing Designer Series Paper
Ink: Old Olive, Real Red, River Rock
Other: Basic Black Grosgrain

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Christmas Cards

I normally have my Christmas cards at least halfway done by this point in the year, but I had such a hard time deciding what I wanted to do this year. I went back and forth a dozen times on which set I wanted to use. I got Snowflake Spot in my demo Starter Kit, but I also loved the Season of Joy and Merry & Bright sets from the Holiday mini. Anyway, I got the idea one day to combine Snowflake Spot with the swirl from Priceless and these are the cards I came up with. I am really happy with the result, and they haven't been too time consuming so far to put together.

Both cards use Blue Bayou as the card base. The River Rock piece on each is stamped with the swirl from Priceless in Whisper White and Merry Christmas in Blue Bayou from Holidays & Wishes. The snowflake images are from Snowflake Spot. The one on the left is the larger snowflake in the set and is stamped in Blue Bayou on Whisper White. This one was done with the Cracked Glass technique, but I don't plan to do that on all of them - just maybe a select few! The snowflake panel on the right was stamped with Blue Bayou, 2nd generation Blue Bayou, and Basic Black and then cut into sections. Both panels are layered on Basic Black.

Stamps: Snowflake Spot, Priceless, Holidays & Wishes
Cardstock: Blue Bayou, River Rock, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Blue Bayou, Whisper White
Other: Basic Black Grosgrain, Blue Bayou Double-Stitched Ribbon
Techniques: Cracked Glass

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Sketch Challenge - Christmas Card

I've really enjoyed doing the challenges on splitcoaststampers lately, so I decided I'd like to try to do at least a couple a week. It's definitely helping me stay out of a rut and try some new things. Today was another sketch challenge. Here's the layout and my interpretation.

I've been working on my Christmas cards, so I had those colors and stamp sets on my mind and decided to use them for this sketch as well. Hey - it gets me that much closer to having a stack of cards to send out come December!

For this card, and my other Christmas card layouts, I used a Blue Bayou card base. This one is stamped with linen on the base. The main panel is River Rock, stamped with the swirl from the Priceless set in Whisper White, and layered on Basic Black. The smaller focal image is stamped with the middle snowflake from Snowflake Spot in Blue Bayou, covered with Glassy Glaze for the Cracked Glass technique, and again, layered on Basic Black. The image was then layered over 2 lengths of Basic Black grosgrain.

Finally, I added the Merry Christmas sentiment from Holidays & Wishes.

Stamps: Priceless, Snowflake Spot, Holidays & Wishes
Cardstock: Blue Bayou, River Rock, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Blue Bayou, Whisper White
Other: Basic Black Grosgrain, Vintage Brads
Technique: Cracked Glass

I should have a couple of samples of my Christmas cards to post soon. I'm doing about 80 cards this year, so I'm working on them assembly line style. I decided to do 2 layouts this year so I wouldn't get bored with just one (and my DH and I couldn't decide which one we liked better).

ETA: If you've never tried the Cracked Glass technique, here's a great tutorial.

Hostess Gift

My first workshop is next week, so I worked on my hostess gift over the weekend. I found this little bucket in Target's $1 spot. They had this green, red, yellow, and I believe a blue. I thought this green coordinated nicely with the Apple Cider DSP.

I filled the bucket with a set of 4 cards and envelopes, a jar filled with goodies, a jumbo paperclip bookmark, a bag of catalog tabs, and a gift certificate for a free classic ink pad.

The chipboard tag and card set were all created with the Apple Cider DSP and the True Friend stamp set. Individual cards (with recipes) are included below.

I had a lot of fun creating this set. I hope my hostess likes it!

Recipe #1 (Happy Birthday Card):
Stamps: True Friend, It's Your Birthday
Cardstock: River Rock, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Apple Cider DSP
Ink: Really Rust, Chocolate Chip, River Rock
Other: Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon

Recipe #2 (Thank U Card):
Stamps: True Friend, Rough Texture Jumbo Wheel
Cardstock: Really Rust, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Really Rust, Chocolate Chip, River Rock
Other: Vintage Brad

Recipe #3 (Warmest Wishes Card):
Stamps: True Friend, Baroque Motifs, Hugs & Wishes
Cardstock: River Rock, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Apple Cider DSP
Ink: River Rock, Really Rust
Other: Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon

Recipe #4 (from me to you card):
Stamps: True Friend, So Many Sayings
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, River Rock, Apple Cider DSP

Ink: Really Rust, River Rock, Chocolate Chip
Markers: Really Rust, Chocolate Chip, Garden Green
Other: Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon, Vintage Brads, Ticket Corner Punch
Technique: Out of the Box Cutting

SU! Fall Frenzy Promotion

Join the frenzy this month with Stampin' Up!'s Fall Frenzy promotion! From September 1 - 30, Spend $30 in regular priced merchandise and qualify to purchase one of each of the six promotional stamp sets at 30 percent off!

Stamp Set - Discounted Price
Bitty Boos Too - $12.57
Haunting Halloween - $13.27
Thoroughly Thankful - $16.07
Autumn Fest - $16.77
Elementary Essentials - $19.57
Stem Silhouettes* - $22.37

*Holiday Mini Collection 2007

Some additional "food for thought" to make some great projects with these sets:

***The Bitty Boos Too and Haunting Halloween sets coordinate with the Creepy Crawly Designer Series Paper.

***Thoroughly Thankful and Autumn Fest coordinate with the Fall Flowers Designer Series Paper and with the new Apple Cider Designer Series Paper available in the Holiday mini catalog.

***Elementary Essentials would make such cute scrapbook pages for school layouts or birthday party invitations, etc. for little ones. This set coordinates with several items - the Primary Colors Simply Scrappin' kit, the ABC upper and lower alphabets and My ABC's wheel, the Defining Alphabet and Define Your Life set, and the spiral punch. Just to name a few!

Don't miss out on this great promotion! Contact me to place an order!

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Groovy Color Challenge

Today's color challenge on splitcoaststampers was to use Groovy Guava and Always Artichoke. I wasn't sure what I thought of those 2 colors together, but since I had both of them, I thought I'd give it a try.

The patterned section of the card was created by randomly stamping 3 of the stamps from True Friend in Groovy Guava, 2nd generation Groovy Guava and Always Artichoke. I then wheeled the entire piece with the Rough Texture Jumbo Wheel. I really like the look the wheel gives, but I sometimes forget I have it. I need to get it out more often! This piece was added to an Artichoke card base (wheeled in Artichoke with Rough Texture - not sure if that shows up in the picture or not). I then added a thin strip of Chocolate Chip, a strip of Guava, and gingham ribbon. (I may be breaking the color challenge "rules" by adding the Chocolate Chip, but I thought it would be a good neutral to add to the card. And, if you look through my card stash, it would be very hard to find a card where I didn't use either Chocolate Chip or Basic Black.)

The focal image was created with the flower from True Friend. I stamped it in Groovy Guava, wiped off the ink from the stem and leaves, and then used my marker to add the Artichoke. This piece was also wheeled with Rough Texture, layered on Chocolate Chip and Guava. The sentiment is from the level 1 hostess set, So Many Sayings.

I am really enjoying these challenges. Hopefully I will be able to keep participating on a regular basis! I made several cards yesterday with the same color combination (Really Rust, Chocolate Chip and River Rock), so it was good for me to break out of that mindset. I'll share those cards when I get a chance later.

Stamps: True Friend, So Many Sayings
Cardstock: Groovy Guava, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Groovy Guava, Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip
Other: Gingham Ribbon